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Hi and welcome back.

This Thursday is the strobe light workshop at Foto Care in NYC.

Here’s the link: Foto Care

Event though this is a Hensel sponsored event, all the techniques we cover can be used with any strobe or even speedlights.  We start at 10, lunch about 1, and go till 4, shooting all the way.  So bring your camera, models and lights are supplied.

On to the post.

I’m always looking for new ways to light my subjects.  I found this two light, high key setup on the Scott Kelby website, and he got it from a photographer in the Mid West: Mary Duprie.

This is a unique take on clamshell, over and under, or the straight up beauty shot.

You only need two lights and a reflector for this one.  The idea is to set your lights at 45 degree angles to one another, move your subject right up to the edge of the backlight, and then adjust your reflector up or down as needed.

The key light and reflector light the subjects face while the backlight gives you the high key effect but also adds edge light to under the sides of the face for extra light on the face and extra separation.

Key: Hensel Integra 500, Phottix Luna Beauty Dish with Sock

Back: Hensel Integra 500, Chimera 36×48 White Interior Softbox

Reflector: California Sunbounce Micro Mini, Silver side up

Exposure: Nikon D3, 105 f/2 DC, 1/200 @ f/8, ISO 200, WB Daylight

_RVH9400You need a large softbox on the rear so that the subject is covered by the light.  I set my back light up and then adjust the height so the top edge is out of the frame.

Notice how the model is close to the rear softbox and the reflector is located mid torso.  Silver reflectors add a lot of fill and contrast so you need to pay attention to its final location for the shot.

Be forewarned, sometimes the light from the rear can add too much milky, soft contrast to the image.  In this case, simply in Lightroom, ACR, Capture One, or whatever raw converter you are using, grab the black slider and increase it just a touch to get rid of the milky softness and contrast.  I was lucky and didn’t need to do any of that.

_RVH9401Here’s a proof.

This is a direct, straight-out-of-the-camera raw to jpeg conversion: no post processing at all.  You can see how the back light adds definition to the lower cheek, chin area.

The result is nearly perfect right out of the gate!

_RVH9392If you are attending Foto Care this Thursday, we are going to do this look!  So take a day off of work and join me for a great day of shooting and learning.

That’s it for now.  Till next time, keep it beautiful!